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Catie Cronin

Catie Cronin
DOWNERS GROVE, IL United States
CROWDRISING SINCE: May 14, 2014
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As you all know I work at the YMCA now in Berwyn, one of the programs that I coordinate is called LIVESTRONG at the YMCA. Not to be confused with Lance Armstrong's charity, this program is created for non-profit YMCA's (like ours in Berwyn) and does not make money nor charge any type of fee to its participants. What makes it so special is the fact that its enrollees either are currently fighting cancer, have just been diagnosed with cancer, or have been in remission for 1 year, 5 years, 20 years from this deadly disease.

 

What I do with these special people?

Twice a week we meet for 1.5 hours and work on fitness, health and wellness. I personally train them, help them overcome the aches, pains, and/or side effects of chemo, lymphedema, radiation, and the list goes on and on and on. These participants have already been bombarded with thousands of dollars of doctors’ bills, hospital stays, treatments, etc. In an effort to get them back on their feet, give them strength, and help them find a "new normal" after their body has gone through this extreme trauma, my program gives them back their life. Our YMCA stands alone and self-funds this program. Our chapter does not have the ability to pull funds from the Metro Chicago YMCA pot of resources keeping all our fundraising efforts within the walls of our non-profit organization. We have projected costs of $500-600 per participant for this 12-week health, wellness, and survivorship program. Our funding for this program is provided by donations and our own fundraising.

What I am doing?

I as well as 5 of my other colleagues and friends from the PAV YMCA in Berwyn have committed to running 26.2 miles this year in the hopes of raising money for this program. Yes, I have done the marathon four times before but this year it will be for something and/or some people other than me.

Thanks for taking the time to read this!

Catie
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